François Auguste René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

1768 - 1848

admired French poet , who was actively involved in events of his time and is most famous for his autobiography.

Chateaubriand entered the French army in 1786, and was in Paris during the early years of the Revolution. He went to the United States in 1791, where he wrote his most famous novel, Atala, that explores the Native Americans and scenery of that continent; a unique subject matter for his time.

He later returned to France under a false name, and accepted a diplomatic post offered by Napoleon.

Chateaubriand asserted that Christianity was morally superior to other religions, and wrote works dedicated to this concept.

His autobiography, posthumously published, Memoires d'outre-tombe (Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb), is one of his most famous works.



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